It was a speech in front of television cameras that caught the expression on the face of Monchique mayor Rui André to perfection.

The three-term mayor was watching interior minister Eduardo Cabrita with a look of complete mystification.

Cabrita, already pilloried for using the word “notable” to describe everything from authorities’ response to the monster blaze, to populations’ efforts to clear their land, described how he was “very happy to be here to celebrate the situation we are in”.